At the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, national and regional organizations bring together medical students and faculty mentors to advocate for improved awareness, health access, and research for a myriad of causes and foundations. Please choose the organization you have interest in to learn more!
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society American Medical Association (AMA) American Medical Student Association (AMSA) American Medical Women Association (AMWA) Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA) Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) Medical Student Gay & Lesbian Organization (MedGlo) Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
Presidents: Adia Scrubb, Xiao SongCommunications Director: Michelle DideroDGSOM Delegate: Mani Vahidi Community Service Director: Jonathan Gomez
LACMA Delegate: Amanda De La Cerda
Health Policy Education Director: Cher Huang
CDU Delegate: Dushawn Harley Faculty Advisor: Clarence Braddock, M.D.
Chapter Website: http://dgsomama.wordpress.com/ Organization Website: http://www.ama-assn.org/ama
Mission Statement: The AMA Chapter at UCLA DGSOM is the local chapter of the national AMA. The AMA chapter is dedicated to informing our student body about health policy and the major issues both at the state and national level. We pride ourselves on also transforming policy into action-- we look to support important initiatives that improve access to high quality care in our local LA community. As part of being in the AMA, we hope to cultivate a group of student leaders who can become effective advocates and public figures in the future. As part of the AMA board, students have the opportunity to attend the AMA National Meetings and network with prominent residents and physicians who are active policy makers and health services researchers.
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Professional Society Student Coordinators: Shannon Esswein, Seung Jin Lee Student Advisors: Stephen Chiu, Lawrance Chung Faculty Advisor : Isaac Yang, M.D.
Organization Website: http://www.amsa.org/AMSA/Homepage.aspx
The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) is a student-governed, national organization committed to representing and addressing the concerns of physicians-in-training. AMSA comprises a membership of medical students, pre-medical students, interns, residents and practicing physicians working in collaboration and all striving to improve medical training and healthcare delivery. AMSA involves all its members in the social, moral, and ethical obligations of the profession of medicine. AMSA plays a role in transforming the lives of medical students and empowering them to take action and create change about issues surrounding them through community activism and career development. The American Medical Student Association is committed to improving health and healthcare delivery to all people; assisting in the improvement and understanding of world health problems; contributing to the welfare of medical students, premedical students, interns, residents and post-MD/DO trainees; and advancing the profession of medicine.
Student Coordinators: Shannon Esswein, Stephanie Wong Student Advisors: Jenny Mei, Angel Robinson Faculty Advisor: Janet Pregler, M.D.
Organization Website: http://www.amwa-doc.org/
Mission Statement: The American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) is local, national and international organization of over 10,000 students and physicians dedicated to empowering women to lead in the advancement of health for all through leadership, advocacy, education, expertise, community organization, mentoring and strategic alliances.
At the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, AMWA brings together the perspectives of medical students and faculty mentors to advocate for improved health access, women's health research, women's health education, violence prevention, and increased opportunities for all medical education, regardless of gender, race, socioeconomic status or sexual orientation. Through cooperative community projects, and policy efforts, the men and women of AMWA break down barriers to health and health education in the greater Los Angeles community. Through our selectives, trainings, networking and mentoring events, AMWA empowers the next generation of physicians to advance women's rights and human rights in the local and national realm, and sensitizes them to the unique psychosocial experiences of women relative to their health, and the health of their families.
Our specific goals are to: Strengthen and expand the local network of advocates for women in medicine and medical school Inform the student body of current research and policy in women's health Raise funds and awareness for the most pressing women's health issues in the United States Reaffirm our commitment to community service by increasing efforts to provide care for the underserved women of Los Angeles County.
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Student Coordinators: Eric Liaw, Victoria Sun, Natalie Vecerek, Deanna Wong Student Advisors: Michelle Lo, Albert Liu Faculty Advisors: Ka-Kat Hui, M.D. & Marjorie Kagawa-Singer PhD, Robert Oye, M.D.
Chapter Website: http://education.medschool.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=63#APAMSA/ National Website:http://www.apamsa.org Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Join our listserve: http://lists.ucla.edu/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/apamsa-members
APAMSA is a medical student-run organization at UCLA DGSOM dedicated to the establishment of a medical system that provides culturally competent services, resources, support, and community education to underserved APA communities as well as the larger underserved population. We are committed to political advocacy, improving APA representation in the bone marrow registry, and providing services to those at risk for hepatitis B. We seek the professional development of medical students and undergraduates interested in APA health though building a community with other medical students, faculty, physicians, and other health professionals.
Student Coordinator: Stephanie Wang Student Advisor: Brian Fung, Edwin Li Faculty Advisor: Janet Ma, MD
Chapter Website: http://education.medschool.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=63#CMDA National Website: http://www.cmda.org/
The Christian Medical and Dental Association at UCLA aims to encourage and equip future physicians and dentists with the heart of Jesus and the wisdom of knowing the Lord so that they may be faithful witnesses and healers.
Whole person care is an approach in medicine that includes addressing a patient's faith and beliefs with respect to their health and illnesses. CMDA aims to help students integrate faith into medicine to provide whole person care by teaching them how to respectfully talk with patients about their beliefs and how that affects their illness and healing.
We are a diverse group encompassing many different life paths but a common love for Jesus Christ. We meet to support each other in the faith as we share in the unique experience of being health professional students. Events include weekly fellowship meetings, Bible studies, prayer and devotionals, guest speakers, quarterly bioethics symposia, social events, and community outreach events. All are welcome, including non-Christians who would like to learn more about Christianity. We look forward to meeting with you.
National Organization Student Coordinators: Yosselin Arroyo-Galvan, Gabriella Gonzalez Student Advisors: Alejandro Ochoa, Joe Torres Faculty Advisors: Michael Rodriguez M.D. Staff Advisors: Emma Ledesma
Chapter Website: http://education.medschool.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=63#LMSA National Website: https://lmsa.site-ym.com/
Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) is a network of students, alumni, and health professionals whose mission is to promote the development of Latino students through educational, volunteer, professional and networking opportunities to foster diversity, higher education, and the improvement of the Latino community. Development of Students through:
1) Education: Lunch talks, monthly general meetings, mentorship with undergraduate premed organizations including CCM 2) Volunteer/ Community involvement: Bi-annual Lennox community health fairs, UCLA MEDPEP mentorship 3) Professional and Networking opportunities: Welcome BBQ with SNMA, APAMSA and MedGlo, Faculty mentorship mixer, LMSA regional/national conference
National Organization Student Coordinators: Jeremy Flores, Jonathan Gomez Student Advisors: Noel Carillo, John-David Lyons Faculty Advisor: Dr. Allison Diamant
Campus Resource Center: http://www.lgbt.ucla.edu/ Chapter Website: http://medgloucla.wix.com/dgsom Mission Statement:
MedGLO is the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) health-related interest group at UCLA. Its goals are...
These goals are achieved through social events at LGBT venues across Southern California and through lunch talks that focus on LGBT healthcare issues (e.g., HIV) and the experiences of LGBT patients and providers. Therefore, we serve to complement the limited curriculum on LGBT issues. MedGLO also sponsors events to educate UCLA medical students about the LGBT-related healthcare issues.
MedGLO also facilitates networking between LGBTA students at UCLA with other LGBTA medical students, residents, and faculty across health-related fields in Southern California. We work with SCLMA (the Southern California Lambda Medical Association) to facilitate networking between interested UCLA students and LGBT doctors.
We cosponsor events (community service events and social events) with other campus-wide LGBTA interest groups. We also cosponsor events with MedGLO interest groups at other schools. MedGLO is a national medical student organization. Through these partnerships, we inspire students at DGSOM to explore career interests as LGBT medical professionals as well as physicians serving the LGBT community with care and compassion.
Chapter Leadership: Co-Presidents: Eric Ottey, William Sheppard Student Advisors: Caleb Wilson, Kasee Houston Faculty Advisors: Tumaini Coker, M.D., Gail Wyatt, Ph.D.
Chapter Website: http://snma.dgsom.ucla.edu/ Organization Website: http://www.snma.org/
Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is the nation's oldest and largest student organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. SNMA is committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians. SNMA has a long history of mentoring, leadership, and advocacy both for medical students and the community. SNMA also purposely seeks to bring focus on those healthcare issues that disproportionately affect underserved patient populations. This organization believes that it has a duty to enhance the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities in medicine.
While the focus of Student National Medical Association is on the needs of medical students of color, anyone is welcome to join. Because this organization is committed to the community and not race, its service to humanity transcends ethnic lines. This group fits in the School of Medicine because it provides an outlet for its members, both future and current, to come together, uplift and empower one another and the community.